Cristiano Ronaldo in 2012 was the the one who has hit top form in the latter stages of the season to produce what could be seen as the form of his Real Madrid career.
A strong return of 14 goals from his last nine games prove that this is the most lethal he has ever been at the conclusion of a season, and Cristiano influence will be key in deciding June 3’s Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff.
The run in has seen Ronaldo reach a level which was considered to be reserved for Lionel Messi a few short months ago. The Portugal forward has waited for his time and took his opportunity with both hands when it was presented to him, and that could make all the difference next month.
Ronaldo is on track to secure his fifth Ballon d’Or, with Real Madrid’s dominance domestically and in Europe this season likely to put him ahead of Messi in the pecking order for the France Football prize, along with FIFA’s ‘The Best’.
Ronaldo now has 40 goals to his name this season. While it is not the most he has scored for Madrid in a single campaign – that record came in 2015/16, with 61 – his influence on big games has made the difference, with eight goals in the quarter and semi-final stages of the Champions League and five goals in his last three league games.